Eliza Newlin Carney
Eliza Newlin Carney is a senior writer covering political money and election law for CQ Roll Call. Carney writes features, investigative stories and news articles for CQ Weekly. She also writes a Rules of the Game column for Roll Call that analyzes the latest developments in lobbying, political money and ethics. Carney signed on in 2011 as a Roll Call staff writer. She joined the CQ Weekly staff in April 2013.
Carney previously was a contributing editor at National Journal, writing about campaign financing and Washington's influence industry. She was an election law columnist for NationalJournal.com and NationalJournalDaily. She also contributed features and investigative stories to National Journal and Government Executive magazines, among others, and worked as a freelance writer.
Before that Carney spent close to 10 years as a National Journal staff correspondent covering Congress, political money and lobbying. She also wrote about abortion, health care and welfare. Before joining National Journal in 1991, she covered Capitol Hill for States News Service, where her subscribing newspapers included the New York Times and the Evening Sun of Baltimore. She previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter in the Philadelphia area.
Carney has offered commentary on C-SPAN, CNN, National Public Radio and the PBS NewsHour, among others. She also has taught journalism at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, and has written a chapter in a book, Abortion Politics in American States (M.E. Sharpe Inc., 1994.)
Carney has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa. Her work has been recognized by the Capital Press Women and the Philadelphia Press Association. She lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her husband, Dan Carney, an editorial writer for USA Today, and their daughter, Elizabeth.
Stories by Eliza Newlin Carney:
March 13, 2012
About three dozen Catholic bishops who gathered in Washington, D.C., for a high-level meeting this week face a tough question in their ongoing standoff with President Barack Obama over contraception and health care: Whats next?
March 12, 2012
For Rock the Vote volunteers who roam rock concerts and college campuses looking for students to register, the typical dress code is jeans and a T-shirt. But this year, many organizers have traded their college clothes for suits and ties.
March 12, 2012
A coalition of more than a dozen progressive groups announced plans today for an aggressive campaign to pressure corporations and big donors to stay out of politics.
March 11, 2012
GOP presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum today trumpeted their chances of winning upcoming primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, but both face a basic delegate math problem to catch up to frontrunner Mitt Romney.
March 9, 2012
Investment fund manager Foster Friess probably did not strike audience members as someone special as he smiled behind GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum at his victory speech in Missouri after its Feb. 7 primary. But Friess is at the center of a growing controversy over unregulated money and alleged campaign finance violations in the 2012 campaign.
March 6, 2012
Super PACs backing the presidential candidates made hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of last-minute expenditures on TV and radio ads, direct mail and phone banks on the eve of Super Tuesday.
March 2, 2012
Super PACs and other unrestricted groups have moved beyond the presidential campaign trail to target key House and Senate races, and Congressional candidates dont know whether to laugh or cry.
Feb. 29, 2012
Amid a multistate ad blitz by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that targets 20 House and Senate races, state and local chamber affiliates in Montana and Virginia have condemned or distanced themselves from the national trade group's ads.
Feb. 24, 2012
Democrats on Capitol Hill have called for hearings and legislation to rein in unrestricted campaign money, but the real action is at a handful of federal agencies being bombarded with letters from lawmakers, lobbyists and activists.
Feb. 21, 2012
Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is drawing more scrutiny as his poll numbers rise, and so is the increasingly lucrative super PAC backing the former Pennsylvania Senator.
Feb. 8, 2012
Six of the top 10 super PACs active in the 2012 elections have received money from untraceable sources, including nonprofits and shell corporations, according to a report released today by two progressive advocacy groups.
Feb. 7, 2012
President Barack Obamas decision to embrace his super PAC is only the latest example of the president setting his ideals aside and resigning himself to pragmatic political realities.
Feb. 6, 2012
Democratic super PAC organizers are putting a brave face on recent disclosures that show GOP-friendly super PACs have outraised them by more than 3-to-1.
Feb. 1, 2012
Senate Democrats today voiced outrage over recent public disclosures showing tens of millions in corporate donations to largely GOP-friendly super PACs and announced plans for a task force, hearings and legislation to rein in unrestricted campaign money.
Jan. 31, 2012
All eyes are on the Federal Election Commission website today, as policy wonks, journalists and political players pore through the latest disclosure reports for the super PACs that are dominating the 2012 election.
Jan. 30, 2012
Super PACs backing Newt Gingrich have dominated media coverage of the GOP Florida primary that will be decided Tuesday, but their effect is starting to look less than super.
Jan. 30, 2012
The progressive San Francisco-based phone company known as CREDO Mobile today launched a super PAC to oust a cadre of conservative House Members that it’s calling the “Tea Party Ten.”
Jan. 27, 2012
As Newt Gingrich and his allies scramble to raise enough money to compete with Mitt Romney in Floridas costly GOP primary, theyre relying on political players who carry almost as much ethics baggage as the former Speaker himself.
Jan. 24, 2012
The lawyer who a decade ago advised Newt Gingrich on how to engage in advocacy without officially becoming a lobbyist is now working to close the loopholes that enable the former Speaker and other Members to avoid public disclosure.
Jan. 19, 2012
Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the presidential race today and endorsed Newt Gingrich, but Dirk Van Dongen, Perrys top K Street backer, lost no time throwing his support behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination, and he predicted many Beltway players will soon do the same.
Jan. 18, 2012
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has said that unrestricted super PACs are a disaster and should disappear including the one thats spent close to $8 million pummeling his GOP primary opponents.
Jan. 17, 2012
Activists and reform advocates opposed to big money in politics have seized on the two-year anniversary of the Citizens United ruling to launch a multipronged campaign that targets Congress, the federal courts, the Securities and Exchange Commission and corporate executives.
Jan. 13, 2012
Super PACs are pouring tens of millions of dollars into the 2012 election season and a healthy percentage of it into the pockets of friends, family members and business associates who serve as consultants and vendors to the political action committees.
Jan. 12, 2012
Fed up with White House inaction, a coalition of reform advocates has launched a petition drive to pressure President Barack Obama to install new commissioners at the Federal Election Commission.
Jan. 4, 2012
One of two super PACs that helped propel GOP White House hopeful Rick Santorum to second place in the Iowa caucuses is poised to close up shop, underscoring the unpredictable role such groups are playing in this election.